Watch the Conference Championships live on Sky Sports USA (407) from 7 PM on Sunday
By Jeff Reinebold
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The stakes could not be higher on Sunday, with a spot in the Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta for the taking.
The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints first take it out for the right to represent the NFC, for finding out whether they will face the New England Patriots or the Kansas City Chiefs of the AFC.
Before the matchups – both rematches of regular season, high-scoring shootouts – Sky Sports & # 39; Jeff Reinebold talks through his keys to every game …
January 20, 2019, 7:00 pm
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Los Angeles Rams @ New Orleans Saints
Control the crowd
Like any team that participates in the Superdome, the Rams have to get the crowd out of the game. How can they do that? Well, they showed exactly how last week, this is the No 3-rated rush offense in the NFL, they have to run football.
C.J. Anderson gave the team a huge lift, and with Todd Gurley – the pair combined for 273 yards in the division round – the Rams now have a one-two-hit as the Saints have in Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
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Sheldon Rankins on the defense line for the saints is out. Los Angeles must take advantage of this, run the ball, get up front and keep the crowd out of the game.
For the saints they have to keep the ball in the same way, keep control over the clock and play for the crowd. Get scores and make the game too big for the rams.
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Learn the lessons from the last time
Defensively, this game can amount to the discipline that the rams have in secondary education.
Marcus Peters is about as defensive as he is in the league, but he is just as inconsistent with his attention and discipline during a match. He was put on fire a few times during long touches during the previous meeting between these two teams earlier this season.
Aqib Talib on the other hand is fine. They will play some man-to-man, but they will have to make sure they do not give up big games.
The Rams pass rush are also crucial because Aaron Donald is just as disruptive defender in the NFL at the moment. When he gets one on one, he has to win. Last time he did not have any bags, so they have to change.
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Drew Brees will have to walk around in the bag, because he will come under pressure. I do not think the Saints keep Donald calm again.
Brees will have to find his one-on-one matchups. If Michael Thomas looks at Peters, he can push him twice, but it might not be so easy against Talib.
Kamara will also be the key. He is the X factor in the game. How do you go with him? If you give him a defensive defense, maybe you can cover him, but a linebacker? No shot. And, if you treat Kamara as a receiver, you let the ball run by Ingram. It is a dilemma.
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New England Patriots @ Kansas City Chiefs
Contains the QB & # 39; s
The Patriots must eliminate the ability of Patrick Mahomes to make large plays outside the pocket. I think their plan will be to pack him, throw him from the inside, because if you break him as a quarterback, you'll see that he's at his most dangerous when he runs around and lengthens pieces.
For Kansas City they have to win defensively first time. Make sure Tom Brady throws the football at 3 and 5 or higher. If you give him short distance situations, he will allow you to pay for it all day long.
Julian Edelman will carry out optional routes on you and Brady we deliver the ball before there can be any pressure. They have to keep Brady in prolonged situations and force him to throw the field down to win the game.
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The patriots have to run football. The Chiefs have had too little defense throughout the year. By playing football, they control the clock, keep Mahomes on the sidelines and take the crowd out of the game.
In contrast, the Patriots on defense will probably give Kansas City the run game. ♦ Rush for 150 meters if you want to, they will think. It does not matter. Because, as far as they are concerned, every time the Chiefs let the ball run, it means that Mahomes does not make big games.
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I truly believe that a tight end must have Travis Kelce a 100-yard reception game for the Chiefs to win.
As Mahomes can regularly break out of the pocket, boys like Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Kelce have the chance to improvise on the fly.
But if that is not the case, the Patriots Hill can play double and possibly take their chances at Watkins. But I do not see how Patrick Chung can draw one against one against Kelce?
If he does, the Chiefs must often target Kelce in the game. He must be the guy.
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